Institut de Biologie StructuraleGrenoble / France

About Grenoble

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Lifestyle and environment

Capital of the French Alps, Grenoble is exceptionally well situated at the foot of three mountain ranges and offers many possibilities for cultural, outdoor and sporting activities throughout the year. International and national airports are close by, and Paris is only three hours away by the TGV rail link.

Grenoble, with a population of about 158,000, is at the centre of an extended urban area with a total population of about 560,000. The city hosts a variety of festivals, exhibitions, shows etc. at different periods of the year.

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Local economy

The economic and industrial activity of Grenoble is based to a large extent on close contacts between industry, research and academia. Many international firms are active in the region. With 25,000 research oriented jobs, Grenoble is the most important scientific centre in France outside of the Greater-Paris conurbation. It has the third largest university in France. Key economic figures Grenoble-Isere

Useful adresses

For more information about Grenoble’s economy and tourism, visit the following Web sites:
- Grenoble University
- Local economy : economic development agency of Isère (AEPI)
- Biotechnology : AEPI’s publication on local MedTech industry (pdf)
- Tourism : Grenoble Tourist Office, Isere Tourist Office
- Leisure and services : Les Affiches de Grenoble et du Dauphiné (in french only)

Help to settle in the area

To help new arrivals complete formalities and settle into the area please find:
- practical information
- information for international students
- Guide for foreign students (2010 edition, in english after page 1)